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GM Crops and Regulation

Published Thursday, October 30, 2014

This note summarises the evidence on environmental and health impacts of GM crops, describes recent technological developments and examines their likely consequences for proposed reforms of GM regulation

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Genetically modified (GM) crops have been grown commercially since the mid-1990s. Early concerns focused on their potential impacts on human health and the environment. This note summarises the evidence on such impacts, describes recent technological developments and examines their likely consequences for proposed reforms of GM regulation.

POSTnotes POST-PN-482

Authors: Peter Border; Elizabeth Duxbury

Topics: Agriculture, Agriculture and environment, Countryside, Environmental protection, Genetics

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